January 25th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

Afghans sell daughters to pay drug lords

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The mother of a little Afghan girl cannot even turn to face her daughter. She looks down in shame and explains why she must hand the girl over to drug lords.

The father of the girl has done what many Afghan farmers must do to finance their opium farms: borrow money from drug traffickers.

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  1. Zamir Awan

    I know many Afghans as usual will blame it on others and they act like they are the most innocents. The most obvious choice of Afghans and Pukhtoons to blame iare Pakistanis, Iranis or Punjabis of Pakistan in general. But let me tell you one thing that more than 80 percent of the Punjabis follow Brelvi sect that is the most liberal of Islamic sects. Brelvis are vehemently against Taliban but ask any Pukhtoon what they follow and all will say with one voice that we are Deobandis or Wahabis. In Punjabis you will find diversity where Christians make our 3 percent of the society along with Sikhs and Ahmedis but how many Non Muslims are there in Pukhtoons? So first Pukhtoons should look into their own mirror before blaming others.
    Who is forcing Pukhtoons to follow Deobandism and Wahabism that is the most strict version of Islam??. Also If some Pukhtoon wants to learn then learn from Punjab. We dont marry underage girls. Our girls go to school. Most of us follow Sufism unlike Pukhtoons who make fun of us .
    So Pukhtoon society must look into their ownself. Their women are least educated, They follow Wahabism. They say that Weapons is a Jewellery of a Pukhtoon. 90 percent of Pukhtoon women wear Burqa. So in my view weather it is Taliban or any other ills then the local society have to be blamed. They are responsible for this mess and kindly be Liberal in your thoughts and Religon and everything will be fine. Also Afghans must meet Iranians and Pakistanis and they are way more liberal tha Afghans so stop blaming Iranians and Pakistanis for all of your problems.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Reply
    • khan

      I am Pukhtoon, dont you dare insult Pakhtoons. Stop writing crap, this story is about a young girl. Show some respect. You dont even have the ability to understand the facts. What do you know about Islam or Pakhtoon?

      January 26, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
      • Nano

        I think you should need to see the fact and reality... The reality is the pakhtoon are the term of problem. You know if we come to conclusion about the border with Pakistan. About 80% of the problem will be solved. The problem is the people living in the region. They are not committed to either Pakistan or Afghanistan. They are only committed to their profit either side of the border.

        January 27, 2013 at 5:59 am |
    • Maqsood

      That is some great BS, you are telling Pathans not to blame others yet your whole post does the same thing.
      More violence, rapes, acid attacks happen in Punjab and sind than any other part of Pakistan. Punjabi and Sindhi run the Government which is a laughing stock of the world and the biggest part of Pakistan's problem. You people marry underage girls all over Sindhi and Punjab villages. You are part of the problem because as and individual you are creating the riff that your Punjabi and Sindhi Government wants. You can blame Pathans all you want but when you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror you see who you should be blaming. If it was not for Pathans you would still be Indian and if it was not for a Pathan your country would not be a Nuclear power. I don't support the Taliban but I do know one thing, this would not have happened when the Taliban were running Afghanistan because they got rid of the war lords and drugs, those are facts look them up.

      January 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
      • khan

        Dear Maqsood, I agree with you that this guy [Zamir Awan] is totally stupid. However, lets not criticize the entire Sindhis and Punjabis because of his him. Because we want to respect other nations and tribes and hopefully they will learn to respect us too.

        January 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • Mr. T

      Zamir....The main problem in Afghanistan is Pakistan. Pakistan has always feed terrorism in Afghanistan. The Punjabi ISI is commited to destroy Afghanistan. They train and send suicide bomber to Afghanistan. The Punjbis are sucking the blood of the Sindies, the Pashtoons and The Baluchs. Punjabis are the ones who introduced Wahbism in other parts of Pakistan And some parts of Afghanistan. show one friend the Punjabi Pakitan got in the neighborhood... look what the Punjabi pakistan has been doing to India...they are sending terrorists to India all the time. all the instability in Afghanistan is because of the Punjabi Pakistan and their shameful agenda.... one thing for sure,,,the terrorist Punjabi Pakistan is about to be dissoloved and the whole world, especially Afghans, will live in peace.

      February 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  2. khan

    This is so called new democratic Afghanistan under an american backed Karzai's government. What a shame? They [American] destroyed this country, handed over millions of dollars to these warlords for their support. Is it really called justice? Did they really liberate this country?

    January 26, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  3. lbdukeep

    I can tell you that most Americans didn't want to go into Afghanistan....let them kill each other off....less for us to worry about. We can't afford you.

    And If they didn't grow poppy plants....they wouldn't have to pay the drug lords. GROW FOOD! Grow Cotton! Grow something you can eat or use....Poppies just grown for heroin are useless. Stop growing poppies!

    January 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • khan

      Who is there since 11 years? Why dont most american tell their government to pull out american troops?

      As far as poppy is concerned; it's the warlords backed by the US government who actually make money not poor afghans. Not convinced? Look Hamid Karzai's brother, etc

      January 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
      • funkatellic

        Look at Obama's speeches in 2008 before he was elected, troop withdrawal was one of his favorite topics.
        Like transparency in government and other things though, those were just words. Soon it will be over, Karzai can bolster his defenses around Kabul, and the tribal valleys can get back to doing what they always have done, killing each other.

        January 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  4. Leigh

    Those people are disgusting!!!

    January 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  5. poopy pants

    if america is after the taliban in afghanistan and they have been there for so long and the taliban is still dominating
    then either america is in on the poppy trade or the american military cant do S%!T and are just a bunch of bumbling bafoons with guns and tanks, now how do you suppose america will stand and fight iran or north korea if that day comes? pfft good writtens america

    January 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  6. George Patton

    Another reason why we should never have invaded Afghanistan! Every time we take over another country, the people suffer the consequences or so it seems!

    January 28, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
  7. harrisonhits2

    Another great achievement of Islam, rampant pedophilia under the guise of "child brides"

    January 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Jamal

      What does this have to do with Islam? The War lords under the Taliban rule was punished for growing opium and trafficking. Drugs was considered UnIslamic therefore it was punished. However things changed when America invaded Afghanistan and took over power. Could the American military be behind the drug trafficking. Well, I think so. America is top drug users in the world so there is no surprise if they are behind this. This was also done during Vietnam era. The whole damn war was based on economic war and it has nothing to do with freedom. Islam is religion and the irony is that its the fastest growing religion in America.

      January 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahahhaha

        No really!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahaha

        January 30, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
      • Irina

        Did you miss the bit where they mentioned the Taliban are involved in the opium trade?

        January 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
  8. Joseph McCarthy

    Just more evidence that the Communists should have that civil war some 30 years ago. It was the Communists who outlawed this practice back in 1978 and although it is still against the law, the 2001 NATO invasion that forced people back into doing it again. This shows just how much damage Western interference can do!

    January 29, 2013 at 11:23 am | Reply
  9. MG

    Afghanistan has befuddled every invader since Alexander the Great. The Soviets learned their lesson and now the U.S. is learning its lesson. It's not so much that Afghanistan is unconquerable, it's ungovernable. The Karzai Brothers who were opening restaurants in Washington D.C. during the Soviet invasion and while the Taliban were in power, got what they wanted, American Aid in their bank accounts. They know that their time is limited and some other (probably the Taliban) repressive force will push them out when the U.S. finally withdraws. They're lining their pockets while the opportunity is there and will exile themselves back to the U.S. when the time comes. The people of Afghanistan will go back to the Dark Ages where the tribal lords rule their territories and the majority of people will be thrust back into ignorance. Drug Lords, Taliban, whatever it doesn't matter much. A very few will profit, women will suffer back to slave status and life will go on as it has for millenia.

    January 30, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  10. Towel Heads

    Towel Heads are disgusting creatures.

    January 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  11. Ansari

    Stop fighting !! If wanna fight then be straight and kill american

    February 1, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
  12. Sophie

    I don't care what country you live in, you do not sell children, Children are not objects, or property, they are real human beings with feelings. This woman will definitely lose any respect the child had for her. This is the most cruel thing I have read regarding this country. Also the acid attacks, that too must stop. Also shooting children. Learn peace and learn to
    hate violence in all forms, maybe then we can learn why your religion and Quran means so much to you all.

    February 2, 2013 at 2:01 am | Reply
  13. joel hudlow

    I agree that the united states should get the hell out of all islamic countries.Its unfortunate that the islamic leaders and people do not follow the ways of peace .They are not worth 1 american life.There is not enough support among the people for democracy.They are cowed by corrupt politicians and extremist groups.If god is god what need does he have of an army.The us needs to mind its own business and keep its money at home where it could do some good for the american people.We should have nuked n korea and pakistan to keep nuclear weopons out of their hands.Cant believe the russians are stupid enough to think its not a threat to them.Its a threat to everyone of every faith.These people will use any weopon they can get their hands on in the name of their god.When they do many innocent people will die when the us retaliates.Russia and china wont retaliate.They will move in to pick up the spoils

    February 2, 2013 at 5:18 am | Reply
  14. Capricorn

    Is this not against Islam??? Watch the Muslim trolls blame the west for this too....

    February 2, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
  15. patsy

    This is their culture and it's been going on since the beginning of time.This is no surprise,just happy i don't have to raise my kids in a 3rd world country.

    February 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  16. God's WAY

    Follow God's true way!!
    God is love and in His love He punished the evil upon Himself to save us from coming judgment.
    Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
    Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    February 11, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
  17. Afgan Sucks

    What an Inspiring group of people that sell their Daughters for money.These people make me sick. We need to bomb them back into the stone ages.The only problem with that is they still live in the stone ages.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  18. radgast

    The problem lies with the parents. Their child is a commodity, and the irony is that most would instinctively throw ourselves in harms way to push our children to safety on impulse, but giving the dilemma to sell a child into slavery to keep the rest of the family in tact seems like a plausible concept. This is the mental anguish of the mother, and a father who is void of a soul to do it because in the long run he is a weaker man from attrition of his character at the very least. For those who may say, walk in their shoes, I would say you reap what you sow.

    February 12, 2013 at 10:57 am | Reply
  19. Squincher

    This is sooo sad 🙁

    Afghanistan is what it is.......a failed state. A State that will never, ever gel into a fully functioning country. Just a collection of various tribes, warlords and chieftains ruling over small parts of the country, but never the whole.

    And BTW, I thought the Afghan warlords liked boys, didn't they??? Not kidding, but Google or Bing the term "bacha bazi" and you'll see what I mean.

    February 13, 2013 at 3:32 am | Reply
  20. Ben

    I am so sick of this purposefully incomplete reporting. This is not a result of the drug trade. This has been a custom in the country and with these barbarians for centuries...

    February 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  21. Jay Khan

    Well Awan, Pakistan is the only country having problems with all of its neighbors, is pakhtoon living along India? Is pakhtoon living along Iran?(its mostly Balochi people there. I been in the Punjab and it is the most racist race I have to witnessed yet. that is the reason Bengali's got separated from Pakistan. If the pakhtoons are the problem, please dont name your missles after Afghan leaders happens to be pakhtoons like ghaznawi, ghouri etc etc. Name after any prominent punjabi if have one? The oldest and the biggest brothel is in Punjab (heera mandi) which promotes punjai culture in the whole nation.

    February 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  22. Punjabi BenChod

    I guess selling daughter is one thing and taking daughter to Heera Mandi is another thing. Benchod does take it to Heera Mandi just behind historic mosque in Lahore.

    February 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  23. Chuck

    Ah yes, Islam the religion of peace, where the cult of sickness and idiocy would advocate selling their children... they are all sick and the sooner this so called religion is eliminated from the earth, the more people will SMILE

    February 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  24. Asian

    You still haven't woke up to this ? Just CIA...white men propoganda.

    My days(1960s) it was the Readers digest. I use to read, very early in life, used copies, as it was quickly available in my father's shop. Not until the vietnam war, followed by the genocide in Cambodia and the sudden change of heart in the articles that stop references to Khymer rouge and blasted Vietnam that I realised this was one of the CIA propaganda machinery for then the english educated elite. It came up very blatant when they were sympathetic to the Tamil cause in Sri Lanka. One morning, the sympathy switch to Lanka goverment forces and their sad stories.
    Strange that you still get taken in by this entertainment and appealing to your sympathy and running down other cultures. For now it is middles east, minus the running dogs of america in that part of the world, it use to be China. remember ? Now China is white mens' best friend. Tibet's wealth shared and abuses swept under the carpet.

    February 15, 2013 at 6:36 am | Reply
  25. Sharon Keith

    The young woman who did my EKG yesterday had a scarf wound all about her head. I told her how lovely I thought it was but how in the world did she ever keep it on! With pins she said, and then indicated them. I asked if she were Muslim. "Yes," she said. I said I was Christian. As she was doing my test, we talked about these things. She told me something I had lately heard from another source. "Jihad" means that I am continually working on perfecting myself. I wanted so badly to tell her that being a Christian for me meant that the perfecting had already been done by Christ for me. I chickened out. I simply laughed and told her that I was being conformed daily to fit the image of Jesus, and wasn't that kind of the same thing. I'd love to have another sponsor-child. If I sponsored a girl in Afghanistan, would she have a chance of growing up tp be self- determinative? Or would it be a waste of my time and money? What do you think? Write to me at sharonkeith47@gmail.com.

    February 16, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
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